The Louisville 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Louisville filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Our group was 12 15-16 year old rookie highschoolers (including myself). We were completely out of our league. This weekend was quite a disaster for many reasons.
All of us tried to come up with the story together. That was my mistake. It should have only been three or four of us on friday night. I seemed to be the only one who was unsure about the storyline we decided to take, but I ended up writing the script anyway.
No one seemed to stick to the script either. The basic storyline was kept, but it seemed everyone was more worried about saying the F word on camera than making the,dialogue sound like an actual conversation that actual people have. I would have reshot, but we were short on time.
The disorganization was rampant. I didn\\\'t finish the script until 8:30 Saturday morning, even though I stayed up all night. We didn\\\'t even start filming until noon or so. People would get distracted during filming, everybody was at eachothers throats because we were all tired and there was no level of professionalism. We were rendering and burning to a disc in the car on the way to dropoff.
At the end if it all, I didn\\\'t even want to turn it in. I saw the very action of notioning this film worthy contest material as a waste of time, energy and gas, and as an embarassment. I wrote, co-produced and co-directed one of the worst \\\'films\\\' I have ever seen.
- Godfrey, Ambition
If my wife would let me do this every weekend...
...I'd be up for it.
It was probably the easiest 48HFP weekend I've ever had. There were several reasons for this:
1) We had the right size brainstorming crew. In the past, I've taken a sort of sick pride in being able to manage a large group discussion, but the nice thing about this year was how quickly we were able to pivot. By 8:00PM on Friday, we'd already been through two solid ideas, and were walking our way through three more.
2) We had the script 99% complete by 3:00AM on Saturday morning, which meant we were ready to shoot by 9:00AM. We didn't actually start shooting until about 11:00, but by then we'd done our shot planning and pre-production, figured out what we needed for remote locations, and had gathered up all our props. We had even had a discussion with LMPD about how we could best handle a scene that might have involved a gun, to avoid unnecessary 911 calls or resulting havoc. (I highly recommend this if you're even THINKING of using a gun in a movie.)
3) As is usually the case, we were wrapped with principal photography by 9:00PM on Saturday, but it felt more relaxed than it had in the past, possibly because we typically haven't started shooting until 1:00PM or later.
4) I edited in FCP X, largely because it's what I've gone to for all of my pro projects lately, and there's been fewer reasons to jump back into FCP 7. I didn't lose anything from the transition, and have no doubt the reason my renders (and resulting private shares with the team) went so fast is because I used FCP X.
5) By 3:00AM on Sunday, I had a rough cut to share with the team and get feedback. By 5:00AM, I had a link to send out (though I was asleep at the time), and by 9:30 I was already getting suggestions for changes and reminders of things we'd agreed I would do in post.
6) By 3:00PM on Sunday, I was rendering my third revision of the edit. This meant that I was able to check and double check the TV gamma, the backup disc, and do a couple of loads of laundry.
I got about 4 hours of sleep on Friday night, and 5 hours Saturday night. The only downside to the weekend is that I ate WAY too much cheesecake, too many brownies, and not enough guacamole.
It remains to be seen what the audience or judges will think, but from a team perspective, it was one of our best years ever.
P.S. I'd be lying if I didn't say that "Buddy Film," for us, was an incredibly lucky draw.
- Tim Gooch, Fools & Film Productions